Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (269)

Welcome back to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share after our short Summer break. I hope you have a project to bring along and some time to join in the sharing of inspiration, tips, news and views with our Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to find your way into the Community, leave an encouraging message in the comments boxes and enjoy absorbing some of what’s been shared over the past few weeks 🙂

This week I finished the third version of the bag I’m designing (it’s listed along with a matching facemask in my Folksy shop). It was a bit of a slog as I was not only sewing but also taking step-by-step photos and amending the draft pattern as I went along.

 

I’m pleased with the adjustments I’ve made to the design. I’m particularly proud of the bottle holder 🙂 Little things, little things…

Whew! It is a relief to have pushed the pattern writing process to a new stage. Now I have to edit the photos, integrate them into the pattern draft and polish up the written instructions…

Having finished a sewing project I took time this morning to clean the lint out of my machine and change the blades of my rotary cutters. Why do I always delay doing these simple but game-changing tasks? 😀

Then I scratched my ‘patchwork piecing itch’ by making the eighth block of Melva’s Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail Sew Along.

Grandmother’s Block

The Sew Along is ideally paced for me with a new block being announced just once every three weeks. The blocks themselves are interesting to make and at 12½” square provide a relaxing break from more fiddly sewing.

Just as well I am keeping up with Melva’s Sew Along. Looking around my sewing room and up at my design wall I can see I’ve got rather a lot of projects stuck at a standstill.

The EPP/applique English Country Garden QAL blocks are the February-April blocks, I still haven’t finished the May Marigolds; the blue EPP hexagon flowers were made many months ago to fill in the open spaces of the Irish Chain quilt languishing on the back of the sofa bed; and there are several other partially completed projects stored in clear boxes around the room/house. I think I either need to make progress with the projects on the design wall or replace them with a selection that will get me motivated. It feels like a good time to freshen things up; we’re entering a new season, the new school year is getting underway and several groups I belong to are about to resume after the 18 month Covid break. Are you gearing up for changes in projects and activities as we enter the last third of the year?

Before we get to the links just a reminder that I’m now sending out a newsletter a couple of times a month. There’ll be more links into the world of patchwork quilting as well being the place to hear about new patterns and workshops before they are launched. Newsletter 2 will be winging it’s way to in-boxes in a few days time. Sign up here to keep ahead of the news 🙂

Here are some links that I hope will be of interest and spark your creativity:

Izzy has chosen a flower design to free motion quilt across a Plus Sign Patchwork. The curvy, swirling design makes a great contrast to the straight lines of the patchwork and creates a comfortable, smushy texture too.

The final part of Cynthia’s scrap sorting trilogy includes a selection of the quilts she has made from the scrap fabrics she keeps so well organised.

Watching someone else exercising their free motion quilting muscles is always entertaining (well! in my quiet world it counts as entertainment!). In this short video clip watch Leah Day quilt out ‘Loopy Angles’, straight lines and triangles take the place of loopy lines and circles.

On a fmq roll here so why not add another fmq link? 🙂 This link will take you to Angela Walter’s ‘Tips for Quilting Negative Space’.

Inspiration comes from all directions… How about Van Halen’s guitar? 😀 Izzy has interpreted the design on said guitar to make a cushion cover for a VH fan.

Quilts that make you say ‘wow’! I have no desire to make a millefiori style quilt but I am fascinated by the process and the results Wendy shares in her blog posts. Her latest quilt ‘Fireworks’ took four years to make! It is EPP and hand quilted. All done exquisitely.

Following the progress of a blogger’s project via their posts makes me eager to click on the email notifications when they arrive in my inbox to see what’s occurring. Finishing the piecing, then quilting and binding someone else’s abandoned Double Wedding Ring quilt certainly provided an interesting series of posts as Sharon battled to keep the project moving, overcoming several difficulties along the way. Having willed the project on I’m so pleased to see the quilt finished. It certainly is a masterpiece in perseverance and well worth all the effort Sharon put into it.

Yvonne is an experienced quilter of negative space. She shares her quilting plan decision making process in this post.

When you finish a huge UFO quilt and decide it’s your favourite make ever! Take in Rebecca Grace’s pure pleasure at moving her Pineapple Log Cabin Quilt to the final stages of it’s construction 🙂

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. She has finished a scrappy quilt which looks just great.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

 

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (268)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. You are invited to bring along your project(s) and join in the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Just use the links below to find inspiration, tips and tutorials kindly shared by quilty bloggers from around the world.

Couple of quick announcements:

  • I’m going to give Saturday Quilting Bring & Share a break for the rest of August. I’m hoping to get a few updates done on the blog. I’ll still be reading blog posts and storing up links to share in a few weeks time 🙂
  • I have finally pushed past two years of procrastinating and can now offer you the option to receive New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting emails. My plan is to send emails once or twice a month with a gathering-up of the threads I’ve posted here, on Facebook and Instagram. There’ll be links to tutorials and quilting related news. Subscribers will be the first to know when I have a new pattern ready to release, products to list or workshops to book. There will be a proper ‘subscribe to email’ button soon but in the meantime you can click here to sign up. Thank you!

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (267)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 I hope you have time to take a break to do some stitching over the weekend. Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and information posted by members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you are inspired by any of the links you click through to, do leave a message in the comments box to be part of the sharing 🙂

I’m sorry to be a bit of cracked record but again I’ve been bag-making. A third go at the Pelican Tote by Bagstock Designs. I added a recessed zipper closure to this one.

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (266)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and join in the sharing going on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. Take part by clicking on the links below, leave an encouraging message in the comments box of the sites you visit and keep the patchwork quilting inspiration flowing 🙂

Well! Have you had opportunity to do a bit of stitching this week? I’m still making bags – this week a second Reversible Hobo Bag from a pattern by Mrs h Sewing Patterns.

Blue rose fabric is an extra wide backing by Riley Blake called ‘Flea Market’.
Reverse bag – I stitched & flipped strips of ‘Spirit’ by Lila Tueller from a Moda Scrap Bag onto a foundation of Hobbs 80/20 wadding.

I’ll share a quick Stitch and Flip tutorial in a separate post.

I’m keeping up with the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail QAL. Melva published a pattern for a Shoo Fly block along with the latest instalment of Marian Russell’s girlhood memories of living along the Santa Fe Trail in the 1850s.

Maybe this weekend I’ll switch back to hand stitching and finally make some progress on the May block of the English Country Garden QAL – the August block arrived in my in-box today!

Here are a few leads into our Worldwide Quilting Community. I hope you find plenty of interest 🙂

Scrappy Half Square Triangle blocks, what’s not to like? Well! OK! Maybe trimming them all can be a bit of a chore! However Patty has a new trimming ruler to play with as well as a stack of charm squares just asking to be made into a quilt. The photos of her scrappy HSTs reminded of the cover of a book I have on the shelf called, ‘Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle’ by Jeni Baker.

And talking of HSTs, Cynthia’s completed a quilt using her ‘All That Jazz’ pattern. I like the way the staggered arrangement of her large HSTs gives the quilt a really dynamic look.

Linda has been making good use of her Quick Curve ruler. The quilt she has created is in her signature sunshine palette. In her blog post Linda has included several short videos demonstrating how she achieved the different quilting designs across the quilt.

Carole has a new talk to add to her list of in-person/Zoom presentations. From reading her blog for several years I know she has a wealth of experience and expertise to share in her ‘Well Loved Quilt Repair Programme‘.

Beth has used block patterns from a QAL to make a table runner and ends her post with a rhetorical question, ‘Isn’t patchwork fun??’

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia has been inspired by family circumstances and the actions of other patchwork quilters to make and donate quilts.

Happy Stitching!

Allison